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How can a Pakistani and an Indian be friends?

International Development students Mehrin Shah and Anushna Jha talk about their friendship which transcends the India-Pakistan border. 

DISCLAIMER – This piece of writing is about the friendship of two graduate students at the LSE, one from Pakistan and the other from India. If you have time and the inclination to read it and especially if you are an Indian or a […]

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    The HDI’s the Limit: Imagining a More Inclusive Measure for Development in India

The HDI’s the Limit: Imagining a More Inclusive Measure for Development in India

According to the Human Development Index (HDI), India fell one place on the list of country rankings. MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies Candidate, Emma Smith, explains why the HDI falls short in measuring development, and why India might be doing better than we think. 

India is a country that saw rapid 7.1% growth in GDP in 2016 alone. Yet as An Uncertain […]

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    Indian pharmaceutical patent prosecution: The changing role of Section 3(d)

Indian pharmaceutical patent prosecution: The changing role of Section 3(d)

Professor Kenneth Shadlen (LSE) and Dr Bhaven Sampat (Columbia University) have a new article on pharmaceutical patenting in India:

As elsewhere in the developing world, pharmaceutical patents are new in India, introduced because required by the World Trade Organization. India’s patent law includes a provision, Section 3(d), which tries to limit grant of “secondary” pharmaceutical patents, i.e. patents on new forms […]

Because we let it happen

Development Studies student, Anushna Jha, shares a few lines in response to the horrific news of the brutal death of an 8 year old girl in her home country of India:
An 8-year-old was raped, tortured, killed
Because we let this happen
Because we have reduced cases of sexual violence to breaking news and primetime debates
Because we have normalised sexism and misogyny and […]

Supporting Early Stage Social-Enterprises in India

Social enterprises are on the rise in the Global South and India is one of the countries leading the way. Paroma Bhattacharya, Knowledge Management Consultant at UnLtd India and department alumni, tells us what her organisation looks for when investing in an enterprise hoping to have a positive impact in the world.

In recent times, there has been a rise in the number of social […]

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    Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries – Duncan Green

Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries – Duncan Green

I heard econ rock star Thomas Piketty speak for the first time last week – hugely enjoyable. The occasion was the annual conference of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute, with Piketty headlining. He was brilliant: original and funny, riffing off traditional France v Britain tensions, and reeling off memorable one liners: ‘meritocracy is a myth invented by winners’; […]

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    Africa’s Turn to Industrialize? Shifting Global Value Chains, Industrial Policy and African Development

Africa’s Turn to Industrialize? Shifting Global Value Chains, Industrial Policy and African Development

On 3 May the department of International Development held a one day conference on Industrialisation in Africa. LSE Fellow Pritish Behuria reviews the day’s events.
After decades on the sidelines, industrial policy is now fashionable again. In the 1970s and 1980s, neoclassical economists including Anne Krueger launched an attack on the state, which forced the marginalization of discussions of industrial policy. In […]

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    Life After LSE: How could Brexit help engagement with emerging economies?

Life After LSE: How could Brexit help engagement with emerging economies?

After graduating from the MSc Development Studies programme in December International Development alumna Bharthi Keshwara has gone on to a role as Economist at the Centre for Policy Studies. In this article she provides us with an overview of the work she’s been doing on Brexit and Britain’s relationship with emerging economies.
The share of UK exports destined for the EU […]

Limited liability… But Only for a Limited Few

Our students go on to a wide range of careers. Some work for NGOs, private companies or governments, others like MSc Development Studies Alumnus Kartik Misra undertake further study. Kartik is PhD candidate at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is researching the crisis of Indian agriculture. In this post he gives us an insight into some of the work he’s been doing.
The Limited Liability Act […]

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    LSE academics sign open letter to Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad

LSE academics sign open letter to Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad

LSE academics, including International Development Assistant Professor Sohini Kar, have joined colleagues  from across the globe in signing an open letter to the Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad, expressing their shock and anguish following the suicide of a Dalit scholar, Rohith Vemula, and demanding that justice be done.
“We of the global scholarly community make an urgent appeal that justice be done […]